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Datasheet: Xanthan gum

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Name : Xanthan Gum

Xanthan gum
English name
Xanthan Gum
CE No.


  • Plant
  • Synthetic

Geographical origins

  • France
  • World


CosIng functions

  1. Binding
  2. Emulsifying Agent
  3. Emulsion Stabilising Agent
  4. Film Forming
  5. Skin Conditioning Agent
  6. Surfactant
  7. Viscosity Controlling Agent


No restriction nor condition for use

Knowledge to date

Xanthan gum is a carbohydrate polymer synthesized by a bacterium (Xanthomonas campestris) on a sugar basis (corn, for example). If it is widely used in food (it is authorized as an additive), it can also serve for many cosmetics applications, mainly for its ability to increase the viscosity of liquid products (lotions, shower gels, shampoos, but also creams and milks…). It is a gelling agent that can often be found in organic-labelled products: due to its natural origin and sourcing, which does not require any heavy chemical process, it is authorized by natural cosmetics charters.

Tox profile

It may trigger allergies, usually identified as difficulties to breathe and throat swelling, but the cases reported are most often due to food. In addition, if it …

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